Every year the first PGA golf tournament of the year is held right here on Maui. It takes place in Kapalua at the famed Plantation Course. What a great opportunity to check out a beautiful golf course and admire the view.
Last year was my first time going to the PGA golf tournament. While the kids play golf, I was sure I’d be completely bored. Surprisingly I enjoyed myself (though I did get a sunburn).
We went again this year – the sponsor has changed, it’s now called the SBS Tournament of Champions. Tickets are cheap – we had bought ‘any day’ passes at $15/adult directly at the Kapalua Golf Course club house (that includes free admission of up to 3 children per adult). You can also buy tickets at Ticketmaster. We drove to Lahaina where there was free event parking (just behind the tennis courts and the Kaanapali fire station). From there we took the free shuttle bus to the Plantation Course past Kapalua. It’s about a 10 minute ride, shuttles were going every 20-30 minutes. Note, you have to take the shuttle, there is no drop-off zone – there just isn’t a good turn-around location. There may be exceptions for mobility-challenged guests, but you would need to check into that.
Note: they do have a restriction on purse-size, so if you must, bring the smallest you have. I didn’t know, and was asked to ‘check my bag’ at a counter. They did have plastic bags for purchase ($1/each), so I didn’t need to leave anything of value in my purse. We received a program and map of the course, volunteers told us where good viewing areas were.
We had planned ahead and arrived just in time to see Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth (the winner of last year’s tournament) tee off. We then wandered to the 9th hole where we sat in bleachers for a while, watching the pros. After buying water and snacks, we walked to the 10th hole (a walk through a ravine) and watched a number of players try their luck there. As a bonus there was a lot of humpback whale activity to watch at that hole too.
We stayed about 3 1/2 hours, then caught the shuttle bus back to the parking lot and carried on with our day.
I must say, I was impressed at how well organized the event was. The tournament continues through tomorrow, after which the pros fly to Oahu for their next tournament.
Do you love golf?
I know of several golf loving visitors who volunteer at this PGA golf tournament every year. Look into it!